Pavle Beljanski : biography
Pavle Beljanski’s Memorial Hall
Pavle Beljanski’s Memorial Hall opened in 1966 as a gift from Pavle Beljanski’s heirs. It represents a reconstruction of his living and working space, with furniture, paintings, books, photographs, documents and many personal objects.
The Pavle Beljanski Award
In his wish to help the affirmation of research on national art history, on May 27, 1965, Pavle Beljanski donated La Grande Iza by Vlaho Bukovac to the Memorial Collection, by the special contract of gift and on one condition – the Collection was to establish The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection Award for the best final student essay in this field, presented at the Art history department of the Belgrade University. The award was founded in 1967 and it is presented annually every October. In 2000, the Memorial Collection began presenting every awarded work with its own theme exhibition.
There are also theme exhibitions of authors represented in the collection, as well as phenomena in Serbian art of the early 20th Century. Apart from works of art, such exhibitions contain archive material such as drawings, photographs, catalogues, various documents and artists’ personal objects.
Every autumn, there is a three-month-long course for pre-school and grammar school students who want to find out more about works of art and authors represented in The Memorial Collection, as well as about visual arts in general, to learn more about new trends and art techniques. After lectures in the form of conversations, students can choose one of the art techniques (drawing, graphic, painting, sculpting, mosaic) in which they will express their own impressions on works from the collection. The main goal of art workshops is to develop an artistic style as the basis for forming the future visual expression of every student. Every year, the Art workshop hosts about 50 students, ages 5 to 14, who create their own works of art through team work. Every year in December, there is an exhibition of children’s work.
Concerts and promotions
Concerts of classical music are often held in the Gallery’s acoustic hall, as well as various book promotions, press conferences, and other events.
Art Academy Students’ Exhibition
In cooperation with The Novi Sad Art Academy, several classes in Artistic Elements are held in the Memorial Collection. Through observing exhibited works, students study the relations between artistic elements, and by combining them, they create new works of art. Creative work is also attained through new technologies – digital printing, video presentations, installations, computer animation – which can help us study artistic phenomena of the 20th Century. Lectures held at The Memorial Collection have a goal to encourage the exchange of ideas and experience in different art techniques. An exhibition of graduate students’ works has been held every year in May since 2001.